Avoid Those Winter Blues: 10 Ways To Protect Your Business

The cold winter months are here, and for business owners, a number of pitfalls await. Should you run a business, it is likely you are aware of some of them. Preventative measures need to be taken to ensure your business stays open, and not forced to close because of the adverse effects of the winter season. From dealing with property damage to looking after your staff and customers, you need to conduct a risk assessment to evaluate possible dangers.

You can’t control the weather, but you can eliminate some of the risks. To help you, these are some of the ways you can prepare for the winter months.

1. Walk around the exterior of your business and look for possible threats. This might include loose tree branches or other aspects of the landscape that could damage your property in heavy winds. You should also check your roof, as you don’t want to be flooded midway through your busiest day of the season. Ensure repairs are made in good time.

2. Ensure you have equipment on hand to help you deal with the problems of ice and snow. A bag of sand (or other ice melting methods) is essential to keep walkways safe, and a shovel to remove snow is also important assuming you want your staff and customers to actually have access to your property during the winter.

3. Make sure your insurance policies are up to date. This includes building and contents insurance, but you should also acquire public liability insurance in the event a third party is injured while on your premises. These winter months are a health and safety nightmare!

4. Install a backup generator in the event of a power outage. Most businesses are reliant on tech, so the loss of power could cripple your working day.

5. Your equipment can also be affected by the freezing temperatures, so you need to find a solution. You might find an ISC thermoelectric ac unit is up to the job, with its modulated temperature features.

6. You won’t get many customers coming into your property if it’s colder in your property than outside, so ensure you have heating available. This can be costly, but follow the advice presented here to reduce the expense.

7. You might want to consider letting your employees work at home during the cold spell. With the use of cloud technology and communication software such as Skype, your employees may still be able to get work done from the comfort of their duvet. It will also cut down on those dastardly commutes which are unpleasant in wintry conditions.

8. Install security devices around your property. Jack Frost isn’t the only intruder on the block, as your business is more susceptible to burglary during the dark nights. CCTV cameras and security lighting will help, as will protective shutters and bars on doors and windows.

9. Stock up your first-aid kit. Accidents can occur, but if you have equipment at hand to deal with small or larger injuries, you will reduce the harm caused. First-aid training is also a must as you need to know what you’re doing when faced with an accident. Train everybody up, as your designated first-aider may be absent through sickness or injury themselves.

10. Finally, have a disaster plan in place and ensure your employees know what to do in the case of emergency. The other items on this list are a start, so brief your staff point by point to ensure nobody is running around in panic when calamity ensues.

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